Half-eaten shark washes ashore in Florida

half-eaten shark

A half-eaten shark washed ashore this weekend in Florida. The shark, thought to be a spinner or blacktip, washed up on New Smyrna Beach on Saturday February 18. The shark was thought to be around 5 feet long before being bitten leaving many to wonder what bit off its tail. A Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue who took a photo of the shark wrote on Instagram “I guess there is something even bigger out there.” He is correct about larger sharks off the Florida coast. Great white shark Katherine…

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Sharks Senses 101

Welcome to Shark senses 101, an introduction to the wonderful way sharks navigate through the underwater world. The ocean is a vast, dangerous place. You could even say it’s a dogfish eat dogfish world. Danger lurks behind every rock and every coral. Survival is almost always a matter of seeing them before they see you. Evolution has given many of the ocean’s creature’s natural defences against predators. Some have the ability to hide beneath the sand; others have natural camouflage to avoid danger. Yet sharks have thrived at the top…

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Sharks Killed for Selfie?

Were two sharks killed for a selfie? Dave Thomas, founder of Eco Divers thinks it could be possible. The two juvenile dusky whalers were discovered by a jogger on Wednesday at Northern Sydney’s Dee Why beach in Australia. The sharks had stabs wounds and Mr. Thomas believes they would have been thrashing as they were pulled from the water. He told The Daily Telegraph “These sharks would have put up a good fight. It’s a thrill kill.” He went on to say there have been other occasions where fishermen have…

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Sharks Saved by Coast Guard

A Coast Guard Station South Padre Island patrol boat crew saved sharks from a fishing net. Members of the Coast Guard spotted four Mexican fishing boats over the U.S.-Mexico maritime boundary line off South Padre Island.  As the patrol approached the boats, the fisherman quickly fled the area leaving behind their fishing gear. The Coast Guard began recovery of the illegal longline gear and gilllnets which saved 50 sharks. Unfortunately 5 sharks were already dead. Fish may be caught by gill nets in 3 ways : (1) wedged – held by the…

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Shark munched on $250k glider

Researches at University of Western Australia got quite a surprise when a shark bit their $250,000 underwater glider off Yanchep. The glider, which  is used to measure temperature, depth, ocean salinity,  oxygen levels and can even detect pings of tagged sharks, had at least $20,000 worth of damage.  The slow moving shallow water device was bitten by a 13ft shark, which destroyed several sensors and scratched others, all of which will have to be replaced. Thankfully the glider was not completely destroyed and can be repaired. Sharks are known to…

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Sail away with Guy Harvey

If you love the ocean and Guy Harvey artwork, then you are in luck. The 8th annual Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Banquet is scheduled for November 7th in Dania Beach, Florida. Tickets run $300.00, which includes open bars, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a sit down dinner. There will also be live and silent auctions featuring original artwork and other unique items. Proceeds benefit the marine conservation work of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. For more information check out vimeo and http://www.guyharveyart.com  

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Poachers snatching sharks in CA

The Department of Fish in Wildlife in California is reporting some amateur fishermen are trying to catch shark pups. Leopard sharks are the main target which are sold on the black market for aquariums. Cal State Long Beach shark lab director Dr. Chris Lowe told ABC7 “We’re the stewards of these resources. We’re the beneficiaries of these resources, and when people do this illegally all they’re doing is hurting everyone in California.” The sharks are vital to the ecosystem and luckily anyone caught poaching the shark could be charged with…

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